The Peace Corps and Baby Boomers have something in common: age. The Peace Corp will celebrate its 54th anniversary in March this year. Today, about 7% of the program’s volunteers are 50 or older.
“I’d like it to be closer to 15 percent” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “The Peace Corps has always been open to volunteers of all ages, but we’ve made a much more purposeful effort to recruit older volunteers.” Four generations of Director Hessler-Radelet’s family have served as volunteers in the Peace Corps.